9 amazing facts & stats from Game 3

October 31st, 2023

PHOENIX -- The Rangers took a potentially pivotal Game 3 on Monday night, holding the D-backs to one run after allowing nine in Game 2.

How pivotal? In all best-of-seven postseason series tied at 1-1, the team winning Game 3 has gone on to win the series 68 of 99 times (69%). Those doing so on the road in series with the current 2-3-2 format have gone on to win 29 of 39 times (74%).

Let’s dig in. Here’s a look at nine stats and facts from Game 3.

1) The win was Texas’ ninth on the road, setting the record for the most road wins in a single postseason, breaking a tie at eight with the 2019 Nationals (one road loss) and 1996 Yankees (none). For context, the Rangers are the 13th team to play at least nine games on the road in a single postseason.

And they still haven’t lost one yet.

2) The Rangers are now 9-0 when scoring first this postseason. They’re the 10th team to have a win streak of at least nine games within a single postseason when scoring first, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The longest such streak in a single postseason is 10 -- a feat accomplished by the 2018 Red Sox, 2017 Astros, 2012 Giants, 2004 Red Sox and 1998 Yankees.

3) A key defensive play in the bottom of the second is worth noting before we even get into the scoring. threw out at the plate with a 94.6 mph throw. That’s the second-fastest tracked outfield assist in the World Series under Statcast (2015), behind only a 94.9 mph dart from the Rays' Hunter Renfroe in '20.

Also -- this throw wasn’t cut off, it was direct to the plate. García’s throw was the second-fastest tracked outfield assist directly to home plate in the postseason under Statcast, behind only a 97.4 mph from the Astros' Marwin González in Game 1 of the 2017 American League Championship Series.

4) homered as part of a three-run third inning, which proved to be all the runs the Rangers would need. Seager now has 18 playoff home runs, tying Carlos Correa for second most as a shortstop in postseason history, behind only Derek Jeter’s 20. Seager’s five World Series homers are two more than any other shortstop.

5) At 114.5 mph, Seager’s homer was the hardest-hit home run in the World Series under Statcast. His 112.6 mph Game 1 homer is tied for fourth on that list. Overall, three of Seager's seven hardest-hit long balls have come in this postseason.

6) The Rangers have now homered in 14 consecutive playoff games, the longest such streak in a single postseason. It’s tied for the third-longest overall streak, behind a 23-gamer by the Yankees (from 2019-22), and 17 straight by the D-backs ('07-23), which ended earlier this postseason.

7) reached base safely three times. The rookie has now been aboard 28 times in 15 games this postseason, tying the Nationals' Juan Soto in 2019 for the second-most times reaching base safely before turning 22 in a postseason career. Carter trails only the Braves' Andruw Jones’ 34 in 31 games (1996-98).

8) And now for your daily streak update. has a 19-game postseason hitting streak, extending the longest in postseason history. He tied the Royals' Alcides Escobar (2015) at 15 for the longest single-postseason hitting streak.

This also means Marte has reached base in all 19 playoff games he’s played. That’s the third-longest on-base streak to start a postseason career, behind only the Orioles' Boog Powell (25 from 1966-71) and Daniel Murphy (21 with the Mets and Nationals from 2015-17).

9) followed up his 4-for-4 performance in Game 2 with a fifth straight hit before finally making an out. Only three players have had a longer streak of hits in World Series plate appearances than his five, per Elias. They are the Reds' Billy Hatcher (seven in 1990), the Yankees' Thurman Munson (seven in '76-77) and the Nationals' Goose Goslin (six in '24).